It’s here … well, almost!

March 25, 2015 by

For those of you who are waiting for the audio version of Beloved Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 3, we were just notified that it’s available at Audible (hmm…they have it listed as Appalachian Journey Book 2–gonna have to fix that!) and should be up on Amazon and other sites within the next few days! Hopefully, Amazon will do the same as they did with the other two books and offer the audio version of Beloved Woman at a discount if you’ve already purchased the ebook!

Our narrator, Carol Herman, did an outstanding job–she just keeps getting better at Aunt Bessie’s voice!–and even though I listened to it chapter by chapter as she was doing the narration, I can’t wait to listen to the entire thing again.

 

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Cover makeover for…

March 24, 2015 by

Moonfixer, Appalachian Journey Book 2!

We posted about this already on our Facebook page and now we’re announcing it here. Moonfixer, Appalachian Journey Book 2 now has a new and improved cover. We were so pleased with Kim’s fabulous design for our Beloved Woman cover that we asked her to redesign the cover for Moonfixer–which we’ve never liked very much. Kim sent the final version to us yesterday and here it is:

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That’s Aunt Bessie’s school bell in the front (the one Fletch gives her in the book) and the painting on the back is another one by our dad, John Tillery. Though Daddy never saw the original house (it was torn down years before he was born), this is how he imagined it when Aunt Bessie and Uncle Fletch told him stories about it. The picture of Aunt Bessie and Uncle Fletch on their wedding day that was on the front of the first cover is still there, just smaller. Since it’s in pretty poor shape, Kim touched it up a bit to make them show up a little better. And you can’t really see it unless you enlarge the picture but the background on the front is the wire in my antique jelly safe door and on the back is, of course, the full moon.

I can’t wait to hold it in my hands and just look at it! Kim pays so much attention to the little details and manages to blend them all in a perfect gorgoues cover. She has a color theme for each book (this one is gold) as well as a design (not sure if that’s the right word!) theme that will tie all the books in the series together, and of course, there’s that wonderful series logo and our official Spring Creek Press (the name we publish under) logo.

So, what do you think? Christy and I absolutely love it and have already given Kim the go-ahead to start on the cover for Whistling Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 1!

Okay, back to updating the Press/Media page and hopefully, after I get that done, I can do a little cleanup work on the rest of the blog–I need to get the new Moonfixer cover up in the sidebar!

 

 

Catching up…

March 3, 2015 by

I’ve been catching up on the comments this morning and hopefully I responded to them. If I missed someone please know it’s not because I’m ignoring you! I really need to spend more time on this site but with all that’s been happening in the last couple of months, I’m having a hard time keeping up.

First, there was the e-book release of Beloved Woman in late December. Then there was the print release in January and then came the audio version which should be out in the next few weeks.

As a result of listening to the audio version, we’re now making a few minor changes to the e-book and print book–mostly little things (punctuation and a couple of misspellings) that we missed on our many read-throughs of the book. They don’t change the story in any way but when you have two nit-picky writers collaborating on one book, these things pop up and we’re bound and determined to get them fixed!

Anyway, we wanted to give our narrator on all three Appalachian Journey books, Carol Herman, a huge thank you. Carol nailed the voice of Bessie from the first and she just keeps getting better and better with each book. We’re so happy we chose her to do Whistling Woman and that she enjoyed it enough to come back and do Moonfixer and Beloved Woman.

So, here’s to you Carol; thanks so much for giving a voice to our great-aunt Bessie. When we listen to you, it’s almost as if Aunt Bessie is with us once more, telling us one of the many stories we’ve heard all our lives!

We also wanted to share the cover for the audio book. Thanks again, Kim for doing an outstanding job!

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Oh, and before I forget, our sales have been so awesome in January and February we decided to leave the price of all three books at .99 until further notice! So, if you know of anyone who you think might enjoy them, spread the word. We’ll be eternally grateful to you!

 

Snow, Sleet … and ‘Sang Tea

February 17, 2015 by

Sitting here looking out my office window at the sun sparkling on the ice-coated branches of the Bradford Pear trees in my front yard. It sure is beautiful but … I really wish it would go away. Unfortunately, we’re not supposed to get above freezing for the next three days! Brrr!

red_ginsengSo I decided while I’m waiting on the temps to warm up, I’d work on getting my office organized. That lasted maybe five minutes, until I got to the Appalachian Journey notes file and I found a few notes I’d jotted down during phone conversations with Daddy. Some of them were very hard to read–my handwriting has gotten atrociuos since I quit teaching. I’m not sure why I hadn’t ever added them to the computer file, but I suspect it’s merely laziness, so I decided I’d better get out my magic decoder ring and do my best to decipher the chicken scratch…

And I found a note about Aunt Bessie’s springtime ritual of giving Daddy a tonic made of ginseng (or ‘sang asginseng_bed_001 she called it) roots to clear away the winter blahs and get his blood pumping again. Below that, I’d written Tasted Terrible!!!!, underlined  three times.

I’ve never had ginseng root tea but I trust Daddy’s taste and don’t think I’ll go looking for a cup anytime soon. Still, it got me thinking about a program I’d seen about harvesting ginseng and how it’s now listed on the endangered plants list and a lot of states have laws governing when and how you can dig the roots.

But if it tastes so awful, why is it being dug to the point of extinction? To answer that, I turned to my trusty research book, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs, authored by Steven Foster and James A. Duke, put out by Peterson Field Guides:

ginseng-roots-400009“Root considered demulcent, tonic. Research suggests it may increase mental efficiency and physical performance and aid in adapting to high or low temperatures and stress (when taken over an extended period). Ginseng’s effect is called “adaptogenic”–tending to return the body to normal while increasing resistance to adverse influences on the body.”

So, it looks like Aunt Bessie was right; ginseng root tea taken as a tonic in the spring does have the ability to take away the winter blahs and get your body ready for the increased activity that comes with the warmer weather.

There’s a lot to be said for those old remedies!

Finally! Beloved Woman is…

January 22, 2015 by

…now available in print on Amazon! So if you’d like to get your hands on a print copy, just click here.

Amazon has included the back cover in their “Look Inside” feature so if you want to get a closer look at the rest of Kim’s beautiful work–including one of Daddy’s paintings of Aunt Bessie’s house–scroll down all the way to the last page of the sample and check it out.

Also, another bit of exciting news, Carol Herman, our narrator for the audio books of Whistling Woman and Moonfixer, is busy recording Beloved Woman. We’re more than thrilled to have her back on the third book of the series as she captures Aunt Bessie perfectly!

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Update on Beloved Woman print book!

January 20, 2015 by

Just wanted to let everyone who is interested in the paperback of Beloved Woman know that it has been approved and should be available on Amazon in the next couple of days–or as the printer said in their e-mail, “within 3-5 days.” It would’ve been available last week except when I got the print copy I noticed the cover wasn’t centered properly and I–or I should say one of the readers of the Kindle version noticed a mistake and kindly emailed us to let us know. So I made the correction and Kim fixed the cover and then I proofed it online instead of waiting for another proof copy. Hopefully, it will look exactly like what I saw on the online review!

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Whew! And now that Beloved Woman is officially finished it’s time to move on to the next one, Wise Woman. No release date yet–not even a tentative one–but you can be sure we’ll shout it to the heavens when it’s done. Stay tuned…

 

 

ww 6-smMeanwhile, all three books in the Appalachian Journey series, WhistlingMoonfixer Cover Woman, Moonfixer, and Beloved Woman are available for .99 each on Kindle until January 31, 2015! Plus, Moonfixer and Beloved Woman are available free with Kindle Unlimited (KU) membership and/or in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL) if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

And watch for Whistling Woman to show up there in a few days!

One last bit of news (and I hope you’ll forgive a little bit of bragging); all of the books are currently in the top 15 of Kindle’s Historical Literary Fiction bestseller list, as well as in the top 100 of two other Amazon lists, Kindle Historical Fiction and Amazon Historical. Needless to say, we’re doing happy dances and at the same time, gushing thanks to our awesome readers!

 

 

 

Beloved Woman Print Cover Reveal!

January 7, 2015 by

Here’s the full cover for the print version of Beloved Woman (click on the pic to enlarge):

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Another beautiful job by our cover designer, Kim Maxwell! We love that she added one of Daddy’s paintings to the back. That’s a picture he did of Aunt Bessie’s house and every time I see it, it brings back happy memories.

The cover and the manuscript file have been approved for print and we’ve ordered a proof copy. Should be here next week and after we do a final read-through, we’ll approve it (hopefully we won’t find any errors!) and then it goes up on Amazon. So … those of you waiting for the paperback, it shouldn’t be long now!

Okay, so…

January 4, 2015 by

… I just realized I’d posted that Beloved Woman had been downloaded to Kindle,  added the cover to the sidebar and even linked it to the page on the Kindle Store and then I forgot to come back and announce that it is available.

Yeah, yeah, go ahead…I’m shaking my head and calling myself an idiot along with you!

So, anyway, Beloved Woman has been released finally. If you’re interested in buying a copy, head on over to the Kindle Store or just click the cover in the upper right-hand corner of the blog or the one below this post.

Because we missed our self-imposed release date of December 20 and didn’t get the book downloaded until December 29, we’re offering Beloved Woman at a special introductory price of .99 and we’ve also dropped the price on Moonfixer to .99 and Whistling Woman is, as its always been, .99. The special price will last until January 31, 2015. So, go ahead, click on that link and get your copy. Then if you don’t already have the others, get those, too! That’s the entire Appalachian Journey series (to date) for under $3.00!

Beloved Woman and Moonfixer are also available in the Kindle Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited.

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2014 in review

December 29, 2014 by

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Beloved Woman…

December 28, 2014 by

…has been downloaded to Kindle and should be available within 12 hours! We thank our readers for their patience and as promised we have a surprise for you! Until January 31, 1915, Beloved Woman will be available at a special introductory price of .99!

But wait! There’s more! Moonfixer will also be priced at .99 during this time and Whistling Woman, too, of course, has alway been .99. That means you can get the all three books in the Appalachian Journey series for under $3.00! Woo-hoo! Happy dances all around!

Seriously though, we are so grateful to our readers for their patience and apologize again for not making our original deadline. If you follow the Appalachian Journey Facebook page, you know we had a bit of a snag last week while we were in Florida doing the final edits. After a lot of debate and discussion, however, we decided to follow our heart and go with the book as it was originally written…and while we hope we haven’t offended anybody by telling the truth as we heard it, we also hope everybody enjoys reading the book as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Okay, that’s it, time to turn our brains off for a while and get some much-needed rest! Next up, the print version!

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